Man who plotted to rape, kill and eat a child faces jail

A British man who plotted to rape, kill and eat a child in a dungeon built at his home faces up to 27 years in an American prison before he is deported back to the UK, US authorities have said.

Using online forums, prosecutors say 40-year-old Geoffrey Portway "engaged in numerous chats with many individuals about a mutual interest in abducting, raping, murdering, and eating children".

During the execution of the search warrant, agents also discovered a locked door in the basement of the residence. Inside the door was a sally port that led to a second door (with a keyed lock). Inside the second door was a dungeon, which was lined with acoustical sound-deadening material and contained a chair, television, and what appeared to be cable access to the Internet. The room also contained a child-sized home made coffin.

– The US Attorney's Office the District of Massachusetts

Portway admitted soliciting the kidnap of a child and distribution and possession of child pornography as part of a plea agreement, the US Attorney's Office said.